9 Jul 2008

I had a wonderful time

this is al AmadyyaLittle village on the surface of a mountain

On Friday , I went to school, I had an Arabic language lesson, there , I met a new girl, she is from Baghdad, and she has come lately, and didn’t know anything about the schedules, the lessons, the teachers and the useful booklets that the teachers prepare to help the students in their studying. So I made her meet the teachers and prepare her suitable schedule , buy he booklets. And then she kept thanking me and I gave her my cell phone number.
When I came back from school, I soon had a bath, and in about half an hour the driver came, and we headed to Duhok.
The weather was very hot, and the way to Duhok was funny, the driver is a poor simple young man, and daddy kept making jokes with him (as I told you, daddy loves to joke, hahaha). And he kept telling us stories about his childhood. He is very simple man. May God bless him and all the Iraqi simple poor men.
In about one hour, we arrived Duhok, and took our way to the motel where we had already booked a small flat.
This motel belongs to a group of buildings of Mazi Company ( there are two main motels, supermarket, supermarket of furniture, amusement city which is called Dreams City and big swimming pool), so we really had wonderful times.
Then, at about 12:30 a.m. , my brother ( the first young man ) came, and I really was surprised that he hasn’t been changed with looking, haha. I have not seen him for about almost two years. And my other brother B, was taking his way to Duhok from Erbil .
So, we waited for my brother B to come.
As a matter of fact, I was very tired, I didn’t sleep well in the night, and got up very early ( when I wrote my last post J), had a lesson and a long way. So I had a nap for about half an hour. Then my brother B came, and I was surprised that he has been changed!!! He has turned more cultured and open-minded, but I actually didn’t agree with most of their ideas. Anyway , they are my brothers and it is very nice that I disagree with them , so , we wont find boredom, hahaha.
Then, we went out in the afternoon, to the supermarket and Dreams city.
Actually, the city centre of Duhok is small, and one day is enough to see all the places there.
In the dreams city, I met many people, Arabians and Kurdish. And I really had an amazing time. I have missed visiting of an amusement city in Iraq. And the games were funny. UFO ( or the flying saucer ), the space gun, the horses, the train and many others. I cant deny that the amusement city is very good, but it needs to be improved more. To make it perfect.
My sisters and I kept playing , as well as my brothrs. Haha.
Once, my brothers took my sisters to play with the horses game (which I didn’t play with , I'm not a child :):) and I stayed with my mom and dad ,who kept talking about the difference between Kurdistan and Mosul, there is safety and comfort. It is like one hour separate between a world and one other greatly differs with the first. All our hopes that Mosul and all the Iraqi cities will be like Kurdistan with development and freedom. Suddenly I met a VERY BEAUTIFUL baby, she is Kurdish , and I really wanted to kiss her. She looks like me when I was a baby!!! She is no older than 7 months, and as I know some Kurdish words like ( Choni? = how are you) I said it to her, and her mom kept talking to me in Kurdish, OK I'm not good in Kurdish, so I told her ( nazanem kurdi = I don’t speak Kurdish) ok, I'm sure I did a mistake ,but she could understand me, haha. And it seemed that she is very good that she kept talking to me in Arabic. And asked me to learn Kurdish. Ok, I will do my best to learn anything the world wants me to learn, just when I graduate from high school, hahaha.
And she left her baby with me and went. She asked me to take care of her whose name was Jwan , and I kept kidding her till she began to laugh. Haha. I don’t know whether it will make use if I work as babysitter someday. Haha
Then we had dinner and went back to the flat in the midnight. We were very happy.and we kept making fun all the time.
I saw a group of bizarre boys, they had big tattoos on their arms!! I was afraid actually, they were tattoos of skulls. Waw, I soon left the place. :):):)
But what saddened me a bit, is that while we were playing, a young child came with tearful eyes to my brother asking him for some money to play by. My brother soon took him and bought him the wanted cards for playing..
The next morning, we hired a mini bus to take us to the summer residences. And the way to them was amazing, we had breakfast in the bus!! Ok, let me tell you that we didn’t et up early for breakfast, we woke up at 7:00 though!! And we kept listening to music ( mixture of English , Arabic. And Iraqi songs ). My brothers kept talking about their Kurdish friends and the Kurdish weddings they attended. Thank God everything was perfect with them.
Our steps were : Zawita, Sersang, Swilaf ( beautiful summer residences ), Amadyya ( very very beautiful village mainly situated on a mountain, and people there are Kurdish but are not like Kurdish of Duhok, they have their own customs ), Sulaf (other summer resort) ,Aishawa and Inishki ( where we visited a cave and they said that in that cave the first human lived, it was very cold inside, there is a small cafeteria too, we had tea (for my parents and brother and juice for my sisters and I), Sersang ( another summer resorts) , and then we took our way back passing by very beautiful places.
I saw a lake, small lake indeed ,and there were many buffaloes there, and I insisted on stopping there to take photos with the cattle , but my dad refused saying that the buffaloes are dangerous and no one can trust them, they might do any unexpected thing.
We passed very near to the mountain edge, and I really fear the high places, and my brothers kept encouraging me, Ok, let me tell you, I was able to look into the valleys this time. It was a very wonderful thing.But do you know what? Mom had visited the north many times in 80s and she said " ok, the north of today is not like the north of 80s, in the past it was more beautiful, the nature was more wonderful. Many trees have to be planted and many good cafeteria should be placed here. Mmm everything needs not more than two years to be perfect". Ok my mom cares so much about rebuilding, and this what she could say before thinking deeply.

Then, we went to Duhok Dam, it is beautiful and I saw many Maslawi families there. The all were having fun and great times.
My brothers met many of their childhood friends there. It was like a miracle!!
Then, we headed back to Duhok, we had lunch at Shandukha (the most famous restaurant in Dohuk) , there were American soldiers too, without guns!!! no one can deny that the American soldiers favor Kurdistan zone the most.
Then we went back to the flat to have a rest. And in the evening , we went to the zoo and then back to Dreams City, but my mom and I stayed at the calm yard, with the plants and trees. There we met more Kurdish families ( actually all our Kurdish friends are from Erbil not Duhok), and mom had wonderful time with the women. There was a wedding celebration( ok, we weren't the only ones who had a celebration , haha) .then , we didn’t want to go back to the flat, so we joined the sisters ,the brothers and papa. This time there were many Arabian families, from Baghdad, they came as tourist groups by buses. The all were talking about Baghdad proudly, and I was filled with hope to visit Baghdad soon ( I know I know after graduation ) haha. Ok, I have many plans to do after this year which I consider out of the expected joy during my lifetime, yes, because I have my studying that I have to focus on completely.

I kept overhearing the young men and women from Baghdad, haha. At least to hear Baghdadi talking. Haha.
I love Baghdadi talking like ( Shlonich= how are you *for the female*, Shlonek= how are you *for the male* Bacher= tomorrow, Sug= market, Kulshi mashi = everything is ok) and many others .haha

At 1:00 a.m. we came back to the motel. and I really felt of a great feeling, that the great things make everything wonderful, and make the eyes see nothing but the beauty and the tongue say nothing but the happy words.
Since early morning, at 7:30 a.m. we headed back to Mousl, because I had a lesson at 10:00a.m., the way was very horrible, very crowded and the weather was very hot. But the car conditioner worked very well actually, so we didn’t feel of that so much.

As soon as I came back home, I had a bath, and got ready for school. The driver came to take me ( Thank God, I have my own driver so he waits for me as much as I might be late, actually, I DISLIKE to be late, but that time I was compelled to be late).
I had a lesson of physics, and the teacher is very funny and smart. I like him very much.

Yesterday, I went to school, had four lessons , chemistry (I had an exam and I got full mark, and guess what the teacher wrote on my piece of paper? " Excellent for you!!! Doctor Soleil inshallah", I was greatly happy , OH LORD!!! I really need your support always, and being doctor is the main goal for me, when I'll be able to enter the hospital and take care of the patients , the children especially, how great it will be if I can save someone's life !!!! how great!!!

Do you know what friends? Most of the students with me know the teachers relatively and so have a great relation with them, but My parents are not from Mosul, but I could be the teachers' friends soon, it is so nice, that a Maslawi girl came to me to be in intercession place for her about something, I stood by her, and guess what? We found out that the teacher does know her father and uncles. Hahaha

Finally , what I can say>>
As the tree grows up, as the rose gives perfume , as the sky can be seen blue , we will be able to bring back all what we missed , and everything will be quite perfect , just because we are here.


Note : my mom's friend knew of our visitng to Duhok, and insisted on us to go with her again soon, another trip to Kurdistan. With her children , it will be amazing.
And something else, the situation here is not that good, today we heard two explosions occurred near our neighborhood.


Anand said...

" Excellent for you!!! Doctor Soleil inshallah",

Thanks for this post dear sister. I am glad you liked Kurdistan so much. I want to go there too.

Don't worry about the two explosions. One of them tried to kill Lieutenant General Riyadh. He commands all army and police in Ninevah and the Zaab triangle in northern Salahadin. (That is about 25,000 Iraqi police, and about 27,000 Iraqi army.) They couldn’t kill him however. Riyadh is a very strong, capable and wise man. (The American soldiers and Iraqi soldiers think very highly of him.) He had severely damaged AQ and the Baath with little help from America. (Only about 2,000 American soldiers are supporting him in Ninevah.)

The Iraqi army soldiers in Mosul are very good quality. Colonel Twitty last year described them as the among the best army soldiers from any country he has “EVER” worked with. The Iraqi army will defeat AQ and the Baath. This will happen. And it will happen with little American help. The Iraqi army does not need much help from anyone else (including America) any more.

C.H. said...

Well its great to see you had a good time, Sandybelle!

Dream city sounds sooooo cool! I hope that Dahuk can serve as a model for the rest of Iraq, an example of safety and security.

Anand is right, try not to worry about the explosions...Iraq will triumph over the forces of terrorism very soon. I am praying for that to happen every day.

God bless you, and be safe :)

Michomeme said...

Hello Sandy..how are you?
what a nice and long post, Duhok is a good place, I was there in summer 2005, with a tourism group. I had so much fun there.
We people realy need to go out side and have fun from time to time..

take care Sabdy

Mini love said...

wish you every success..

Dany said...

a nice photo :) :) thanks for sharing